The Black Series 2020 Line Look Green Return of the Jedi Packaging
Item No.: Asst. E8908 No. F3417
Number: #08 - Return of the Jedi
Includes: 3 tumblers
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: December 2021
Appearances: Return of the Jedi
Bio: Those attempting to do business with Jabba the Hutt first needed to maneuver past his pasty-faced majordomo, the Twi'lek Bib Fortuna. (Taken from the packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!
Click here to buy it at Amazon now!
I'm glad he's here, but the design feels like the best 3 3/4-inch figure design made as a 6-inch figure. The figure is a mix of old and new elements. His pants come from the Dryden Vos release a few years ago, with new feet. Everything seems to be new - new rubbery outer robes, new chest armor piece, new head, new arms, and some surprisingly good new hands. The fingernail claws are some of the sharpest things I've ever touched on a Hasbro product. The wrist bracelets look great, the fingers are sculpted spread apart in interesting ways - much like the character in the movie - and the arms can move a bit under the rubbery robes. The legs basically can't move at all, and since you'll never see them, reusing existing tooling makes a lot of good sense. (I'd say Hasbro could also just make it a chess piece under there to lower the costs even more. Those double-jointed knees serve no function here.)
Accessories can make or break a figure, and Bib's hands don't lend themselves to gear. Heck, in the movie it's not like he had a staff, a blaster, or a knife - but Hasbro gave him something. We get three drink glasses, and the fingers have enough give to hold them. I wouldn't store them there, because I assume they will warp those perfect digits over time. I don't think the cups help anything, so they'll probably go in a baggie so I don't lose them. (I will lose them.) I wouldn't have minded a Kenner-style staff either, but with the film's 40th anniversary next year it's entirely possible Hasbro is planning a brown/red coat Bib Fortua with the requisite accessory. I mean, I'd do it.
For long-time collectors, cool Return of the Jedi alien figures are so scarce that you know I'm going to recommend this one. Hasbro can do better - a redeco would probably be perfection - but this is perfectly good now as the best/only choice. I'm surprised XL Bib Fortuna from The Mandalorian didn't make it out first, but I would assume Disney said to Hasbro "make a Bib Fortuna figure," and Hasbro shrugged at what would seem like a weird request which ultimately made sense. For this figure to be in our hands now, development probably started before he appeared on the Disney+ show in 2020. But I digress - I appreciate a good classic alien, and this is indeed a good classic alien. And much more exciting than the endless video game troopers and metallic repaints. Show Hasbro you care, and buy one. Heck, buy two.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,906: March 10, 2022